To our dear graduates,
We pray for you to be as mighty as Samson, the world’s original “Strongman”
as faithful as David, a man after God’s own heart
as dedicated as Nehemiah, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem
and as patient as Job, who refused to curse God for his suffering.
We challenge you to be as motivated as Noah, who built an ark from scratch
as brave as Esther, who dared to approach the king on behalf of her people
as passionate as Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
as loving as Ruth, who would not abandon her family
and as bold as Paul, who was undeterred by beatings and imprisonment.
We will pray that you will be as encouraging to others as Barnabas, the Son of Encouragement
as busy with good deeds as Tabitha, who spent her life helping the poor
as humble as Moses, whom God called “the most humble man on earth”
and as trusting in the Lord as Abraham, who followed God into unknown lands.
We encourage you to remain as pure as Joseph, who rejected the advances of Potipher’s wife
and when you sin, because we all sin, we pray that you are as eager to repent as Peter, who went out and “wept bitterly”
We are so proud of your accomplishments thus far
and are excited to see what God has planned for your future.
We make you this promise
We will pray for you, love you, and be here for you
as you embark on a new adventure
set an example for others
and as you become more like Jesus.
-Paula Harrington and Shane Coffman